Austin teenager Ben Breedlove is no longer with us, but his story has touched millions -- including hip-hop star Kid Cudi.
Breedlove died of a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy on Christmas Day, according to the Austin Statesman. But before he passed, he left two YouTube videos telling of his troubled times. In one segment, Breedlove, who uses cards set against an instrumental version of the song "Mad World" to tell his story, details what happened to him in a near death experience earlier this month. He found himself in a white room with Kid Cudi, who was wearing a white suit, as was Breedlove.
"Kid Cudi brought me to a glass desk and put his hand on my shoulder," Breedlove said. "Right then my favorite song of his came on, "Mr. Rager." The part where it said 'When will the Fantasy end ... When will the heaven begin?' And he said, 'Go Now.'"
The videos, titled This is my story, portray the 18 year old as one who is facing his fate with bravery, humor and dignity.
"I watched the video he left for the world to see, and him seeing me in detail, in his vision really warmed my heart," said Cudi on his Tumblr account. "I broke down, Iam to tears because I hate how life is so unfair. This has really touched my heart in a way I cant describe, this is why I do what I do. Why I write my life, and why I love you all so much."
"I know Ben is at Peace, and I hope he gets a chance to sit and talk with my Dad. We love you Ben. Forever. Thank you for loving me. To Ben's family, you raised a real hero, he's definitely mine. You have my love."
Cudi signed the post with his real name, Scott Mescudi. The two videos, filmed days before his death, have been viewed more than a million times.
"It was a gift to us, and for him to be so confident and unafraid of death and to share it with other people was so touching," said his mom Deanne Breedlove to the Austin Statesman.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition that thickens the heart muscle, which makes it harder for it to pump blood. Breedlove is survived by his mom, dad, brother and sister.
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